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Industrial engineering (IE) is about choices - it is the engineering discipline that offers the most wide-ranging array of opportunities in terms of employment, and it is distinguished by its flexibility. While other engineering disciplines tend to apply skills to very specific areas, Industrial Engineers may be found working everywhere: from traditional manufacturing companies to airlines, from distribution companies to financial institutions, from major medical establishments to consulting companies, from high-tech corporations to companies in the food industry. 

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Our Department is now the proud home of Pitt's Center for Industry Studies, which supports multidisciplinary research that links scholars to some of the most important and challenging problems faced by modern industry.


Pitt scores in U.S. News Best Graduate Schools Guidebook

All SSoE News, Bioengineering, Chemical & Petroleum, Civil & Environmental, Electrical & Computer, Industrial, MEMS

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH NEWS RELEASE PITTSBURGH- In newly released statistics from U.S. News & World Report , a number of University of Pittsburgh schools and programs have excelled in the Best Graduate Schools 2016 guidebook. Pitt's School of Nursing is ranked no. 5 nationwide in an inaugural annual ranking of nursing schools that offer master's or doctorate programs. In nursing specialties, the school is no. 1 in the category of nurse anesthesia; no. 3 in clinical nurse leader; no. 3 in pediatric, primary care (tie); no. 5 in administration (tie); no. 5 in adult / gerontology, acute care (tie); and no. 5 in psychiatric / mental health, across the lifespan. Pitt's School of Medicine ranks no. 16 in the research category and no. 19 (tie) in the primary care category of the Best Medical Schools ranking. In medical specialties, Pitt is no. 4 in women's health. In new Health disciplines rankings, Pitt's master's and doctorate programs in public health in the Graduate School of Public Health are ranked no. 13, and the rehabilitation counseling program within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is no. 18 (tie). Among public universities, Pitt's graduate programs in education, engineering, and business are all ranked in the top 25. The School of Education is ranked no. 17 among public universities and no. 27 overall (tie); the Swanson School of Engineering is no. 24 among public universities and no. 43 overall (tie); and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business is No. 23 among public universities and No. 48 overall (tie). The School of Law advanced three spots to no. 78 overall (tie). It is ranked no. 42 among public universities. Individual departments within the Swanson School of Engineering ranked as follows: Bioengineering: 7 among publics, 16 overall (tie) Chemical and Petroleum: 24 among publics, 39 overall (tie) Civil Engineering: 35 among publics, 53 overall (tie) Computer Engineering: 30 among publics, 54 overall (tie) Electrical Engineering: 30 among publics, 52 overall (tie) Industrial Engineering: 15 among publics, 22 overall (tie) Materials Science: 35 among publics, 53 overall (tie)   ###  
Cara Masset

Industrial Engineering undergrad Gian-Gabriel Garcia captures ASEE National Intern of the Year Award

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PITTSBURGH (February 17, 2015) … University of Pittsburgh undergraduate Gian-Gabriel Garcia was recognized by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) - Cooperative and Experiential Education Division with its 2014 National Intern Student of the Year award. Mr. Garcia, a resident of Wallingford, Conn. and 2014 recipient of a bachelor of science in industrial engineering degree from Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering, received the award at ASEE's Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC) this February. Mr. Garcia was also recognized as the Swanson School's 2014 Co-op Student of the Year. He and his family moved to the United States from the Philippines when he was four years old. During high school, he participated in a project funded by NASA, which spurred his interest in engineering. At the Swanson School, his research focused on a vaccine modeling initiative that aids in combating high waste rates within the vaccine supply chain in third-world countries. He participated in both co-op and intern programs, and was the School's first co-op at Universal Electric. After completing his co-op, Gian was accepted as an intern with Eaton in Horseheads, NY, where he created a visual basic tool that helped to streamline the company's returned materials analysis process. While at Pitt, Mr. Garcia was a member of Pitt EXCEL , the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers , and served as a peer advisor and undergraduate teaching assistant. His awards include an Eaton Multicultural Scholarship and the UPS Minority Scholarship from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), as well as the Pitt IIE Chapter's Outstanding Senior award.  The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is a nonprofit organization of individuals, institutions, and companies dedicated to improving all aspects of engineering education. The Cooperative and Experiential Education Division (CEED) is an ASEE division for professionals in academia, business, industry and government who are specifically interested in and dedicated to the improvement and promotion of experiential learning through cooperative education and other quality work integrated learning programs.   ###  


Swanson School announces 2015 roster of Distinguished Alumni

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PITTSBURGH (January 26, 2015) … Seven alumni who have made an impact across public, private and government sectors will be recognized by the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering with the 51 st Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards. The award honors those Pitt alumni who have made a positive contribution within their respective fields across the School's six engineering departments. In addition, one individual who was previously selected as a department awardee will be recognized as the overall Swanson School awardee. The awards will be presented at the Swanson School's Distinguished Alumni Banquet on Thursday, March 26 at Pitt's Alumni Hall. "On behalf of the Swanson School we're proud to recognize these seven individuals who have excelled within their discipline and are exemplary ambassadors of Pitt engineering," noted Gerald D. Holder, PhD, U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering. "I look forward to welcoming them back to campus and celebrating their achievements." This year's recipients are: Swanson School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Leonard K. Peters, BsChE '62, MSChE '69, PhD '71 Secretary of Energy and Environmental Cabinet, Commonwealth of Kentucky Bioengineering Fernando Aguel BSBioE '00, MSBioE '04 Branch Chief of the Circulatory Support Devices Branch, United States Food and Drug Administration  Civil and Environmental Engineering John D. Bossler, PhD, BSCE '59 Retired, Professor and Director of the Center for Mapping, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Studies, Ohio State University Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Michael J. Fetkovich, DSc, BSPet '54 Phillips Fellow Emeritus, Phillips Petroleum Co. Sr. Principal Reservoir Engineer Member of the National Academy of Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Jeffrey M. Platt, BSEE '79  President and CEO, Tidewater, Inc. Industrial Engineering David M. Dunahay, BSIE '78 Founding president (retired), FAW-GM Light Duty Commercial Vehicle Co. in Changchun, China; and Adjunct Professor of International Business, Georgetown University Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Albert J. Neupaver, MSME '79, MBA '82 Executive Chairman, Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation   ###  


Funding Opportunity: Pitt Engineering, Social Sciences, Professional Schools


The Center for Industry Studies invites grant proposals for up to $50,000 research projects that bring engineers and social scientists together for research collaboration.  The goal of this initiative is to advance multidisciplinary research concerning issues relevant to industry competitiveness and operations and/or public policy.  More Details Here . 
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IIE recognizes Dr. Ravi Shankar with Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award


PITTSBURGH (June 23, 2014) … M. Ravi Shankar, PhD , associate professor of industrial engineering and William Kepler Whiteford Faculty Fellow, was recognized by the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) with one of its top academic awards during the 2014 IIE Annual Conference and Expo in Montreal, Canada, May 31 - June 3. Dr. Shankar received the Dr. Hamed K. Eldin Outstanding Early Career IE in Academia Award, which recognizes individuals in academia who have demonstrated outstanding characteristics in education, leadership, professionalism and potential in industrial engineering. The award also acknowledges engineering contributions in application, design, research or development of IE methods by early career IIE members. Candidates are evaluated upon research and scholarship, educational contributions, and service to the industrial engineering profession. Dr. Shankar's primary research interests include synthesis and thermo-mechanical characterization of nanomaterials for structural and biomedical applications, synthesis and characterization of multifunctional polymers and design, modeling of advanced manufacturing processes. He received his PhD in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and his BTech in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology - Madras. ###  

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